Yes, this is not a difficult task, and after some practice, you can warp images into virtually any shape you wish.
Create Space: Your first step should be to add enough working space around the object to accommodate the warped image.
Choose: Image > Canvas Size and add space. I usually just double the size.
I will usually also drag a copy of the image by dragging its layer to the New Layer icon at the bottom right of the Layers Palette. This preserves the original.
Begin Transformation: Now choose: Edit > Transform > Warp
This presents you with a spline-mesh covering the image.
Select a Warp Shape: From the Options bar, note the "Custom" pull-down menu. This allows you to select any shape you wish to begin with. Here, you can select from a lot of different shapes, and Photoshop will set up the warp mesh to match.
Modifying the Warp Shape: Turn your attention to the Options Bar and you find a series of entry fields where you can modify the shapes. It's a good idea to make a mental note of the default settings.
Changing these settings will help modify and fine-tune your auto shape.
If you wish to try your own hand at setting up the shape, or you have a pre-defined shape to adhere to, then you'll want to leave the Warp settings at Custom. For instance, perhaps you might have a coffee mug, or other container you want your image wrapped around. Perfect for packaging. Or, perhaps you're putting a tattoo on a human body, and you want it to follow the contour of the body. Again, and easy task using the Custom Warp Operations.
As this tutorial continues, we'll take a look at Custom Warp Operations.
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